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Even The British Summer Can't Ruin These Cocktails

You can't control the weather but you can control how fabulous your drinks are.

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Do you want to have one of those summers that are always portrayed in adverts and American TV, where everyone is beautiful and dancing on a rooftop?

Warner Bros.

And it's balmy and everyone has perfect hair?

20th Century Fox

Tough shit, this is the real world and it's raining 90% of the time and most roofs in the UK are slanted anyway.

Not ideal for romancing and dancing in the moonlight.
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Not ideal for romancing and dancing in the moonlight.

However, you can still have a a ~fairly~ glam summer party, even here, on the beautiful, damp rock in the middle of the sea that we inhabit.

"But how??" I hear you cry. Simple, my friend. By treating yourself and your friends to some very fancy cocktails.

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Just look at this beauty. Wouldn't you feel at least 70% more beautiful holding this? Yes. Yes you would.

INGREDIENTS* Handful of blueberries* 2 sprigs of thyme (one for garnish)* 1 tablespoon simple syrup* 1 shot of gin* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)* Ice cubesPREPERATION1. Add the blueberries, thyme, and simple syrup to a glass and muddle. 2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes. 3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with another sprig of thyme4. Enjoy!
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INGREDIENTS

* Handful of blueberries

* 2 sprigs of thyme (one for garnish)

* 1 tablespoon simple syrup

* 1 shot of gin

* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)

* Ice cubes

PREPERATION

1. Add the blueberries, thyme, and simple syrup to a glass and muddle.

2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes.

3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with another sprig of thyme

4. Enjoy!

This one would make you at least 70% cooler, in several ways.

INGREDIENTS* 5 cucumber slices* 4 fresh basil leaves (plus a sprig to garnish)* 2 tablespoons lime juice* 1 shot gin* Ice cubes* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)PREPARATION1. Add the cucumber slices, basil leaves, and lime juice to a glass and muddle.2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes. 3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a sprig of basil.4. Enjoy!
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INGREDIENTS

* 5 cucumber slices

* 4 fresh basil leaves (plus a sprig to garnish)

* 2 tablespoons lime juice

* 1 shot gin

* Ice cubes

* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)

PREPARATION

1. Add the cucumber slices, basil leaves, and lime juice to a glass and muddle.

2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes.

3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a sprig of basil.

4. Enjoy!

This one will make you 98% happier.

INGREDIENTS* 1 tablespoon demerara sugar* 1 sprig tarragon* 50 millilitres fresh grapefruit juice* 1 shot gin* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)* Ice cubes* Grapefruit wedge (to garnish)PREPARATION1. Add the sugar, tarragon, and fresh grapefruit juice to a glass and muddle. (The grapefruit juice is best squeezed straight from a fresh grapefruit and filtered to get rid of the bits.)2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes. 3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.4. Enjoy!
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INGREDIENTS

* 1 tablespoon demerara sugar

* 1 sprig tarragon

* 50 millilitres fresh grapefruit juice

* 1 shot gin

* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)

* Ice cubes

* Grapefruit wedge (to garnish)

PREPARATION

1. Add the sugar, tarragon, and fresh grapefruit juice to a glass and muddle. (The grapefruit juice is best squeezed straight from a fresh grapefruit and filtered to get rid of the bits.)

2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes.

3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

4. Enjoy!

Most importantly, all these delicious drinks will make you drunker.

INGREDIENTS* Handful of fresh raspberries* 1 tablespoon lime juice* 1 tablespoon simple syrup* 1 teaspoon rosewater* 1 shot gin* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)* Ice cubes* Lime wedge (to garnish)PREPARATION1. Add the fresh raspberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and rosewater to a glass and muddle.2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes. 3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a wedge of lime. 4. Enjoy!
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INGREDIENTS

* Handful of fresh raspberries

* 1 tablespoon lime juice

* 1 tablespoon simple syrup

* 1 teaspoon rosewater

* 1 shot gin

* Tonic water (approx 50 millilitres)

* Ice cubes

* Lime wedge (to garnish)

PREPARATION

1. Add the fresh raspberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and rosewater to a glass and muddle.

2. Add a shot of gin and then fill the glass with ice cubes.

3. Pour over the tonic water and garnish with a wedge of lime.

4. Enjoy!

If you're not big into gin and tonics, don't worry, we've got you. How about a goddamn raspberry and peach wine slushie.

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INGREDIENTS

* 2 peaches, diced

* 150g raspberries

* 2 glasses white wine

* 2 lime wedges (for garnish)

PREPARATION

1. Freeze the chopped peaches along with all of the raspberries, which can be left whole.

2. Blend a glass of wine and the frozen peaches and divide between two glasses.

3. Blend another glass of wine with the frozen raspberries then pour over the peach mixture.

4. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a thick straw.

5. Enjoy!

Now, go forth, my friends. Get drunk and enjoy the summer the only way it should be enjoyed: glamourously.

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